Elizabeth J. Marsh

Elizabeth J. Marsh

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

External Address: 
228 Reuben-Cooke Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708-0086


Why do people sometimes erroneously think that Toronto is the capital of Canada or that raindrops are teardrop-shaped?  How is it that a word or fact can be “just out of reach” and unavailable?  What changes, if anything, when you read a novel or watch a movie that contradicts real life? Have you ever listened to a conversation only to realize that the speaker is telling your story as if it were their own personal memory? Why do some listeners fail to notice when a politician makes a blatantly incorrect statement? These questions may seem disparate on the surface, but they are related problems, and reflect my broad interests in learning and memory, and the processes that make memory accurate in some cases but erroneous in others. This work is strongly rooted in Cognitive Psychology, but also intersects with Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Education.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1999

  • B.A., Drew University 1994

Wang, Wei-Chun, et al. “On Known Unknowns: Fluency and the Neural Mechanisms of Illusory Truth.Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 28, no. 5, May 2016, pp. 739–46. Epmc, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00923. Full Text

Arnold, K. M., et al. “Structure Building Predicts Grades in College Psychology and Biology.” Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 30, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 454–59. Scopus, doi:10.1002/acp.3226. Full Text

Mullet, Hillary G., and Elizabeth J. Marsh. “Correcting false memories: Errors must be noticed and replaced.Memory & Cognition, vol. 44, no. 3, Apr. 2016, pp. 403–12. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13421-015-0571-x. Full Text

Marsh, E. J., et al. “Believing that Humans Swallow Spiders in Their Sleep: False Beliefs as Side Effects of the Processes that Support Accurate Knowledge.” Psychology of Learning and Motivation  Advances in Research and Theory, vol. 64, Jan. 2016, pp. 93–132. Scopus, doi:10.1016/bs.plm.2015.09.003. Full Text

Fazio, Lisa K., et al. “Knowledge does not protect against illusory truth.Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, vol. 144, no. 5, Oct. 2015, pp. 993–1002. Epmc, doi:10.1037/xge0000098. Full Text

Deffler, Samantha A., et al. “Judging the familiarity of strangers: does the context matter?Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, vol. 22, no. 4, Aug. 2015, pp. 1041–47. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13423-014-0769-0. Full Text

Brown, A. S., et al. “Borrowing Personal Memories.” Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 29, no. 3, May 2015, pp. 471–77. Scopus, doi:10.1002/acp.3130. Full Text Open Access Copy

Cantor, Allison D., et al. “Multiple-choice tests stabilize access to marginal knowledge.Memory & Cognition, vol. 43, no. 2, Feb. 2015, pp. 193–205. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0462-6. Full Text

Fazio, Lisa K., et al. “Learning misinformation from fictional sources: understanding the contributions of transportation and item-specific processing.Memory (Hove, England), vol. 23, no. 2, Jan. 2015, pp. 167–77. Epmc, doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.877146. Full Text

Mullet, Hillary G., et al. “Recent study, but not retrieval, of knowledge protects against learning errors.Memory & Cognition, vol. 42, no. 8, Nov. 2014, pp. 1239–49. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0437-7. Full Text